Featured Research

  • Assessing Policy Options for Subsidies to Improve the ACA

    Feb 5, 2016

    Of three alternatives examined for expanding health insurance and lowering premiums with no additional federal spending, extending the Affordable Care Act's subsidies to all consumers and placing a floor on subsidies had the greatest benefit.

  • Unconventional Options for the Defense of the Baltic States

    Feb 5, 2016

    Unconventional options from the Swiss defense strategy during the Cold War could benefit Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. These include training and equipping local defense units and preparing transportation infrastructure for demolition to prevent an invasion.

  • Climate and Energy Analysis: Reinvigorating the Scenario Technique

    Feb 4, 2016

    Scenarios are widely used for long-term climate and energy analysis, but scenario developers and users typically capture only a subset of future uncertainties. By adopting three focal points as part of this methodology, researchers can expand uncertainty consideration and gather user-specific insights.

  • A Counterinsurgency Win in Afghanistan?

    Feb 4, 2016

    The 2015 counterinsurgency (COIN) effort in Afghanistan ranks among the low end of historical COIN winners. The Afghan government and security forces are capable of maintaining the current stalemate with the Taliban. This is the first step on the most promising path to peace: a negotiated settlement.

  • Balancing Demand and Supply for Veterans' Health Care

    Feb 4, 2016

    What are veterans' demographics and health care needs and how might these evolve? What resources and capacity to deliver health care does the Department of Veterans Affairs have and how might this impact veterans' access? What should policymakers consider when examining changes to VA's use of purchased care?

  • Wargaming the Defense of the Baltics

    Feb 1, 2016

    A series of wargames examined the threat Russia may present to the three Baltic republics. As currently postured, NATO could not defend the territory. What might be done to prevent Russia from attempting to reclaim it?

  • Robust Decision Making Could Help Defense Resource Planning

    Feb 1, 2016

    Defense planning needs a new approach to identify strategies that perform well over a wide range of threat and funding futures. RDM is designed to inform decisions under conditions of deep uncertainty and complexity, and as shown in an application to the munitions mix challenge, could prove quite useful.

  • Assessing Threats with Soft, Uncertain, and Conflicting Evidence

    Feb 1, 2016

    Part of thwarting terrorist attacks is observing suspicious individuals over time with diverse means. These observations provide data that are often both complex and “soft.” How can analysts combine these data to form a realistic threat assessment?

  • A 'DECISIVE' Approach to Research Funding

    Jan 28, 2016

    Eight lessons drawn from a decade's worth of arthritis, cardiovascular, and mental health studies provide a 'DECISIVE' approach to maximize the impact of biomedical and health research funding.

  • Medical Marijuana Users More Likely to Consume Edibles and Vaporize

    Jan 28, 2016

    People who use marijuana for medical purposes are much more likely to vaporize or consume edible forms of the drug than recreational users. They are also more likely to report daily or near-daily use and consume more grams per day.

  • Are Teachers Prepared to Help Students Meet Common Core Standards for English?

    Jan 28, 2016

    The majority of K-12 teachers are expected to address state standards for English language arts and literacy, but many reported the need for professional development to help students meet these standards.

  • Are Teachers Prepared to Help Students Meet Common Core State Standards for Mathematics?

    Jan 28, 2016

    In a survey of the American Teacher Panel, most mathematics educators reported familiarity with Common Core state standards and believed they were moderately or well prepared to help their students meet them.

  • RAND Year in Review 2015

    Jan 27, 2016

    An assessment of 2015 achievements shows how well RAND carried out its mission to help improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. Success stories include studies on correctional education, sexual assault in the military, and the Affordable Care Act.

  • PLA Joint Training and Implications for Future Expeditionary Capabilities

    Jan 21, 2016

    Effective joint operation capability is a centerpiece of the PLA. Joint training efforts have resulted in successes, but also have highlighted long-standing problems that military leaders recognize as obstacles to future expeditionary capabilities.

  • Developments in China's Military Force Projection and Expeditionary Capabilities

    Jan 21, 2016

    As China's security policy shifts from homeland defense toward "peaceful expansion," there are implications for U.S. interests. What might China do next with regard to military planning and modernization—and how should the United States respond?

  • China's Expeditionary Capabilities and Implications for U.S. Asia Policy

    Jan 21, 2016

    Alongside China's development of many capabilities necessary to conduct missions far from its borders, China's actions to shape the international security environment are accelerating. This poses both opportunities and challenges for U.S. policymakers.

  • U.S. Army Must Prepare for Future Adversaries

    Jan 20, 2016

    More than a decade in Afghanistan and Iraq has honed the U.S. Army's ability to fight irregular adversaries, but these may not be the adversaries it will face in the future. The security landscape is changing in the face of a rising China, a resurgent Russia, and a Middle East in turmoil. How can the Army prepare?

  • A Framework for Programming and Budgeting for Cybersecurity

    Jan 20, 2016

    When defending an organization, cybersecurity professionals must choose from a large set of defensive measures while operating with a limited set of resources. What is the menu of actions for defending against an attack? And how can defenders navigate the selection process?

  • How Legalizing Marijuana in VT Might Affect Revenues, Budgets

    Jan 19, 2016

    Vermonters spend between $125 and $225 million on marijuana each year. There are many factors to consider when projecting the budgetary effects legalization might have, but policy changes do not need to be permanent. Starting with incremental change and/or incorporating a sunset provision might make more sense.

  • Lessons from the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations in Afghanistan

    Jan 12, 2016

    Economic development is likely to remain a key component of U.S. contingency operations. Assessing the activities of the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations in Afghanistan offers insights for similar projects in the future.